Weeping Rock is a popular destination in the park and is an easily accessible. The rock is a large bowl-shaped alcove where the lower layer of sandstone has eroded away; water that has been slowly descending within the sandstone formations reaches an impermeable layer of rock and is forced out the side causing the "weeping." The weeping walls form a beautifully lush hanging garden with a little flowing stream below. While there are many weeping walls in Zion, this is the featured one with a paved trail and platformed viewing area constructed under the alcove back in the early days of the park. The stroll to Weeping Rock is a short 10-minute family-friendly stroll. High Canyon walls, along with some Oak Woodland, and a nice riparian habitat are present here.
Weeping Rock is a great birding stop in the Park. The trail is moderate--its short but can be steep and passes through some great habitat. Species typical of the canyon like BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, and CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER can be seen here. CANYON and ROCK WREN are often heard singing while WHITE-THROATED SWIFT and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW flutter overhead. Like many locations within the park SPOTTED OWL have been reported from the general area, likely further up the trail in a canyon spotted with Ponderosa. CALIFORNIA CONDOR have also been seen soaring overhead form this location with the more common TURKEY VULTURES and the occasional PEREGRINE FALCON. BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, YELLOW WARBLER, and HOUSE WREN are 3 of the most common species found here during the summer months and can usually be heard singing or seen right along the trail. PAINTED REDSTART have been reported here but this is not one of their usual haunts
All Zion National Park hot spots directions in Zion Canyon, or to the east will originate from the visitor center parking lot for consistency. Anything in the north and west sides of the park will come from the nearest major intersection. Catch the Zion Canyon Schedule at any pick up locations inside or outside the park. Stay on the shuttle until you reach the Weeping Rock stop. Exit the shuttle and follow the signs to Weeping Rock.